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NCJ Number: 120185 Find in a Library
Title: Policy Implications of Handling Terrorist Incidents (From International Terrorism: The Decade Ahead, P 1-11, 1989, Jane Rae Buckwalter, ed. -- See NCJ-120184)
Author(s): D E Long
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of International Criminal Justice
1033 West Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Terrorism policy is viewed by the United States primarily as a foreign policy, although the United States is increasingly promoting the view that terrorist acts are criminal acts.
Abstract: The following characteristics are generally present in a terrorist act: the threat or the use of violence, psychological intimidation, political and ideological justifications, noncombatant activity, criminal activity, covert activity, maximized public exposure, relatively low cost, a sympathetic constituency, and small group activity. Because terrorism is so new as a generic policy issue, most governments, including that of the United States, are still reorganizing their bureaucratic structures to address it. The United States has created the Office of the Ambassador at Large for Countering Terrorism in the State Department to coordinate U.S. Government antiterrorism policy, suggesting that terrorism is viewed as a foreign policy issue requiring a political solution. Terrorism can also be viewed as criminal activity or as low-intensity military conflict, the handling of which involves two phases: the crisis management phase and the post-crisis-incident management phase.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Definitions; International terrorism; Policy
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. Presented at the Third Annual International Symposium on Criminal Justice Issues in 1988.
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